Theorectical perspectives: recent developments
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Theorectical perspectives: recent developments book
In this final chapter, the discussion of theoretical developments in criminology is structured around the notion of ‘perspectives’ rather than, for example, ‘schools of thought’. This is to emphasise the continuing fragmentation and diversity characterising contemporary criminological theory in Britain, the United States and elsewhere in the world. The continuing influence of postmodernist thought, along with various critiques, is examined. The chapter gives due weight to more recent feminist perspectives on crime, criminality, social control and social justice, as well as ongoing debates surrounding the concept of masculinity. A resurgence of interest in control theory among academic criminologists and the directions taken by more recent theorists are discussed in detail. So too are highly influential and significant theoretical developments associated with cultural criminology. The chapter concludes with an analysis of critical perspectives and their theories, agendas and relevance as we reach the end of the first decade of the twenty-first century.